I had the idea to have an art show to kick off HIV awareness month for July. I bounced the idea off my friend Carlos and he was on board. We later mentioned it to his cousin Tabitha and together we worked on making the show a reality.
We named the show E.N.U.F. (Empowering New Understanding Forever) and designed the show to feature both HIV positive and negative artists to help raise awareness and celebrate the lives of people LIVING with HIV or AIDS here in Los Angeles.
The show was a complete success in every single way. Featuring over 40 artists, DJ's GIO, DA BLENDA, BEAT COLLECTIVE and great from The Lobos Food Truck. We were able to donate over $600 to a local AIDS service organization here in Los Angeles, as well as getting people tested for HIV.
The artwork on the cover was designed by Los Angeles based artist Lyle E. Rushing. The piece is entitled "E.N.U.F." The book features photography by Eric Angel, Carlos Rosas, Tony Orozco and myself.
Louis "Kengi" Carr is a Southern California native born and raised in beautiful Santa Monica. This proud ageleno is the author of three books, a Getty Images Contributor, a published writer as well as a guest speaker and community activist/advocate for people living with HIV or AIDS and homeless individuals.He's also the creator of grass roots community based outreaches Project KengiKat, Do Something Saturday & Unplugging HIV. Kengi is what some have called an "old school" photographer because he ONLY believes in basic post production of his work. "I simply want to take great pictures with my camera, not create them in photoshop. What you see is what I snapped. If that means I'm outdated or considered less of a photographer, then so be it " Often called a "photojournalist" or "social justice" style photographer, Kengi uses his photography to bring new awareness and understanding for social issues gripping Los Angeles as well as the nation.